kill the various forms of borrelia (the Lyme germ),
decrease and eliminate biofilms,
treat dormant Lyme germs that are unresponsive to prescriptive antibiotics, and
prevent Lyme disease relapse.
Marty Ross, MD on Banderol and Samento in chronic Lyme and Associated Diseases.**
I am having quite a bit of success using the herbs Banderol and Samento (toa free cats claw from Nutramedix) even when prescriptive antibiotics are no longer working. I added these two herbs into my treatments in August of 2010 based on a research paper published in the July 2010 Townsend Letter. Eva Sapi, PhD and her research group showed that Banderol and Samento treat the various forms of the Lyme germ and reduce biofilm colonies.
When I first started to work with Banderol and Samento, I introduced them into the treatments of my patients that had plateaued on prescriptive antibiotics at a good level of health. During these plateaus I had tried various prescriptive regimens targeted at all three forms of the lyme germs and treated for biofilms with lumbrokinase to move the treatments forward without success. Many of these patients had energy levels of 80% of normal with minimal body pain and good cognition. For these patients I offered Banderol and Samento as a means of preventing recurrence off of prescriptive antibiotics and to possibly move the treatments forward. I started the Banderol and Samento at 10 drop 2 times a day and added 1 drop per dose per day till each patient was at 20 drops 2 times a day.
To my surprise, I observed that nearly 90 percent of patients I placed on this protocol had marked improvements in fatigue by the follow up appointments at 2 months. Some reported significant die-off reactions. Eventually based on my patients’ observed and reported successes, I started to work with Banderol and Samento in the middle of treatment courses and now at the initiation of treatments.
I am pleased for my patients because across the board I am observing good benefits. In the beginning and middle of treatments, I am finding success with Banderol and Samento that compare with those of prescriptive antibiotic regimens. At the end of treatments or when a patient has plateaued, I am finding that these two herbs also move treatments forward.
Working with these two herbs, I have changed my opinion of the benefit of herbal anti-microbials. In the past I recommended teasel, cumanda, andrographis, and cats claw in various combinations and in rotations similar to those found in the Cowden Protocol. In my practice I found success with herbal anti-microbials about 60% of the time. This compares with the 90% chance of improvement that I have observed with prescriptive antibiotic protocols. Naturally, when given a choice between the herbs and prescriptive anti-microbials with these observed success rates, most of my patients elected prescriptive regimens. That is changing now and I believe that the Samento/Banderol combination provides a very effective option that may approach the effectiveness of the prescriptive regimens.
Method of Action:
So what is going on here? Based on the work of Sapi et al, I think this combination effectively kills the various forms of Lyme borrellia while it limits biofilm formation. Biofilms are layers of slime produced by germs. They may limit anti-microbial effects and hide germs from killing by the immune system. Sapi's work shows that Samento and Banderol have a synergistic effect where the sum of the killing is greater than the individual effects of each herb. My success in moving plateaued treatments forward even suggest that these herbs can kill germs in dormant phases where prescriptive antibiotics do not work. I am not clear from Dr. Sapi’s work if these two herbs break up biofilms or if they kill the germs in the biofilms which results in the biofilm decline. In the end it does not really matter, because for my patients, this combination works.
Over time, because of die-off reactions, I have changed how I start the regimen. Now I start treatments at 5 drops 2 times a day of each herb and increase the dosing every 2 days by 1 drop per dose till a patient is taking 20 drops 2 times a day. I consider increasing the dose up to 30 drops 2 times a day of each herb once all of the die-off reaction is over and if improvment is not occuring at 20 drops 2 times a day. When increasing to 30 drops, add 1 drop per dose every 2 days. If you experience a die-off reaction at any dose, do not increase the dose till the die-off reaction has improved.
With this approach I am finding limited die-off reactions. One more thing, based on the manufacturers recommendations, I advise that the herbs are taken at least 15 minutes from each other and that they are taken on an empty stomach. With this regimen a person generally needs 2 bottles of Banderol and 2 bottles of Samento a month.
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